08/31/15 11:32am

This extraordinary home for sale is in the Taylor Run neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia at 2716 King Street
This extraordinary 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath home is for sale and located at 2716 King Street in the Taylor Run neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

Via the listing

Brick Colonial within walking distance to King Street Metro. Off Street Parking for 3 cars. Fenced rear yard. Covered rear porch.Freshly painted inside and out. Beautifully refinished wood floors. MacArthur elementary. Living Room FP with handsome wood mantel. Generous room sizes. Convenient main level powder room. Move right in & make it your own. Conveying “As Is” but all is in working order.

Contact the Realtor at this link if you’re interested in more information about this property.

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This extraordinary home for sale is in the Taylor Run neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia at 2716 King Street

08/31/15 11:18am


Some of Alexandria’s Top Nonprofit Directors Come Together through ACT’s LEAD Program

The life of a nonprofit executive director can be busy and isolating, stretched to capacity with events, grant proposals and meetings in addition to day-to-day operations. With the often limited staff time and funding being consumed by programmatic needs, many directors have few resources allocated for their own professional development.

As providers of such essential services as food, shelter and education, strengthening the leadership of these nonprofits impacts the community as a whole. John Porter, President & CEO of ACT for Alexandria (ACT), says, “We know that highly successful nonprofits must invest in leadership development, but too many just don’t have the resources or support to make it happen like they should.”

2015GraduationIn 2013, ACT, the local community foundation, recognized the need for nonprofit leadership development. Working with executive coach and leadership consultant, Leigh Shields, ACT piloted the first LEAD (Leadership, Excellence And Development) program to provide ten months of one-on-one coaching and intensive peer sessions for nonprofit executive directors serving Alexandria.

Since the launch of the pilot program, LEAD has enrolled two cohorts of five to six executive directors each, representing a diverse range of experiences and mission areas from animal services, to the arts, to early care and education. Directors came from nonprofits such as The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Community Lodgings and Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture. While some LEAD participants had led their organizations as long as 10 years, others were relatively new to their positions, serving for less than two years.

LEAD participants agree that the program was a good investment of time for their organizations. By providing affordable and high-quality leadership coaching, LEAD offers a forum for local nonprofit executives to strengthen their leadership skills, build a diverse support network of peers and solve strategic challenges for their organizations.

Tommy Park, executive director of Alexandria Soccer Association and LEAD participant, says, “Being a part of the program allowed me to take time to reflect on how I was leading and gave me tools for implementing specific solutions to some of our organizational challenges.” Through LEAD, each participant works on a solution to strategic challenge facing their organizations over the 10-month period, such as increasing communication, strengthening relationships and building better organizational culture.

Another participant in the LEAD program, Kari Galloway, executive directors of Friends of Guest House, explains “LEAD stands out from other programs because we came up with a specific strategic challenge and were able to build on our learning over the year-long period to address it.” The time directors spend in the LEAD program ultimately results in more impactful programs by providing a space for participants to think and plan strategically.

ACT is currently recruiting for the third LEAD cohort. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, September 9. Interested nonprofit executive directors serving Alexandria can learn more and apply for LEAD on the ACT website at this link. For questions about the LEAD program, please contact Brandi Yee, ACT Chief Program Officer, at 703-739-7778.

LEAD is just one of ACT’s initiatives that demonstrates ACT’s commitment to strengthening the nonprofit sector and the larger community through leadership development, collaboration, and resource sharing. For the eleventh year, ACT will convene the IMPACT: Innovation + Philanthropy Forum on October 6 to bring together board, business, city, community and nonprofit leaders to discuss strategies for influencing widespread, lasting solutions for challenges affecting Alexandria.

Paul Schmitz, groundbreaking author of Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from The Community Up, the first Innovator in Residence at Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Innovation and Impact, CEO of nonprofit and philanthropic advisory group, Leading Inside Out, and keynote speaker for this year’s IMPACT forum, will discuss collective impact, or how to give each individual affected by an issue a voice in leading change. Following the keynote, three breakout sessions will continue the conversation through interactive presentations on building high performance nonprofit organizations, developing a culture of racial equality and inclusion and engaging local businesses.

For more information on the IMPACT forum on Tuesday, October 6, please visit this link.


08/31/15 10:53am

An extraordinary home for sale at 207 North Payne Street in Alexandria, Virginia
What real estate listings have commanded the most attention from buyers this past week in Alexandria, Virginia on Redfin.com over the last week?

The median sale price in July was $489,900, that’s down 7.7% from July of last year. Homes stayed on the market for a median of 20 days. 43.9% of homes were off the market in 2 weeks or less. Well priced homes are going off the market fast, but Redfin agents say it’s critically important that the home is priced right from the start. 34.2% of homes in Alexandria last month had a price drop.

The median sale price for a single family home was $796,000 in July, up a sharp 50.2% year over year. While the median sale price for a condo dropped 23% from last July to $408,000.

Below is a list of the 5 most viewed real estate listings on Redfin.com in Alexandria, Virginia last week…


08/31/15 10:31am

Monique Miles Statement Re Q2 Fundraising (1)

On Saturday, Monique Miles’ City Council campaign partnered with the Love of Christ Church for its Youth Day Festival. While volunteering at the festival, Miles and her supporters donated backpacks filled with school supplies to the children.

“We enjoyed participating in the Youth Day Festival and meeting the needs of kids in our community. They are Alexandria’s future, and by investing in their future, we are investing in the city’s future,” said candidate Monique Miles.

The Love of Christ Church’s Youth Day Festival included financial and entrepreneurial workshops, community group performances, and a discussion of relevant policy problems. Miles also participated in the event’s entrepreneurial workshop where she shared her experiences as a small business owner and encouraged the children to create their own path toward entrepreneurship.

“The Love of Christ Church family sends a special thank you to Ms. Miles and her volunteers for their amazing support and generously giving of backpacks and school supplies in support of our Community Back to School Day,” said Dr. Carver E. Poindexter, Bishop of the Love of Christ Church. “”We strive to proclaim the Good News of Christ through worship, ministry and most importantly, outreach. Ms. Miles’ support in this outreach effort is greatly appreciated.”

Miles looks forward to continuing her community engagement with the various communities that make up our fine city.

Monique Miles announced her candidacy as a Republican for city council in April 2015. A civil rights attorney, she is an entrepreneur and social justice advocate. She shares the City’s mission to restore fiscal responsibility and transparency in the city government. She is also a proud resident and small business owner in Old Town.

08/31/15 10:03am


Government jobs increased while private sector jobs decreased.

Via Virginia Business

Virginia’s unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point in July to 4.8 percent.

The Virginia Employment Commission released the seasonally adjusted jobless figure on Friday, noting that rate was three-tenths of a percentage point higher in July 2014. The national unemployment rate in July was 5.3 percent.

Seasonally adjusted unemployment numbers take into account the seasonal fluctuations in the labor market.

The VEC reported that Virginia’s labor force, household employment and number of unemployed declined in July for the second consecutive month. The labor force had expanded during the first five months of the year.

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted non-farm employment in July fell by 2,500 jobs, less than 0.1 percent,  to 3.8 million. The slight decrease flowed three consecutive months of increases totaling 34,000 jobs.

Read more at this link.

08/31/15 9:51am
Via Upper King StreetTenants and Workers United in Alexandria, Virginia are launching an academic program, Youth Educated and Active (YEA) for  Alexandria City Public School students for the school year 2015-2016. The purpose of this program is to provide a space for youth of color to receive academic support so that in turn students will better manage their school work and excel in their studies. Mentors will meet the students and the students will have the opportunity to come to the Arlandria Community Center and receive help with school assignments, essays, college applications, etc. The mentors would be meeting the students bi-weekly, throughout the school year.

This is a great opportunity to not only be involved in the community. But making a difference in a student’s life by giving them a positive impact on the youth, building confidence and skills that will benefit the youth throughout their lives.  This program wants to help build certain skills, by allowing personal growth in youth who need lots of support.

Please spread the word, and contact Ingris Moran if you have any questions. Tenants and Workers United are in need to look for mentors to taking this volunteering experience. No requirements are needed, just have that motivation to make a positive impact to the student.